Dwayam is a confluence of two styles of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi by Sithara Balakrishnan and Sonia Nair.
Bharatanatyam is one of the oldest, most popular and widely performed dance styles in India. Kuchipudi is known for its flowing, dynamic style and strong storytelling tradition.
Indian dance gives you strong mythological storytelling with grace, drama and poetic tradition. This performance is a must for lovers of classical Indian dance as well as a wonderful opportunity for people new to the remarkable dance of India.
When? 6pm, 19th March 2016
Where? John Curtin Performing Arts Centre, 90 Ellen Street, Fremantle
Sithara Balakrishnan is a well-known classical dancer and actor from Kerala, India. Sithara is renowned for her beautiful and graceful performances in the Bharatnatyam dance tradition. She has performed in prestigious dance festivals in India as well as in US, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and UAE.
Sonia Nair will perform in the scintillating rhythm and the natural grace of Kuchipudi dance style. Sonia has performed widely in India and abroad, including the lead role of Chitrangada in Tagore's ballet 'Chitrangada'. Her performances are marked by grace and dedication towards the art form. Sonia has made Perth her home for the last ten years.
Sonia and Sithara will each stay true to their dance styles and perform both solo and duets, displaying the technique of each style and also the expressional aspects of Indian classical dance.
In a metaphorical sense, Indian dance is the emotional experience of poetry and drama. The mythological origin teaches that Indian classical dance is a divine art and is connected to the Hindu gods and goddesses and is always recognised as the "highest order of spiritual discipline". It is considered as a prayer and a way to liberation (moksha).
The live music will be performed by Maya Varma and Sridhar Chari. Maya is a well-known veena player from Kerala, India with a deep family tradition in classical Indian music. She has performed extensively in India and overseas and accompanied many dance and vocal concerts. Recently, Maya launched her own musical album titled 'Krishna Sruthi'.
Sridhar Chari has been associated with the Australian music scene for over two decades. Sridhar will perform the traditional South Indian drums, the Mridangam, as well as the flute in the classical Indian style.
Tickets are $30 each or $90 for a family (4 members, children under 13 years).
They can be purchased online from Trybooking HERE.